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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Mathematics Education (6-12) (TSM)

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Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
CIP Code: 13.1311
College of Education (ED)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 40

Contact Information:
College of Education
Teaching and Learning Department (EDI)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue EDU105
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Eugenia Vomvoridi-Ivanovic
Phone: 813-974-1971


Faculty Search: Education Faculty List

Program Information

The M.A.T. in Mathematics Education (6-12) is designed for individuals seeking initial certification to teach mathematics at the High School or Middle School levels. Please be advised that program and/or course requirements are subject to change per state legislative mandates, Florida Department of Education program approval standards and accreditation criteria.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements
Requirements for all applicants include:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper division work completed while in the Baccalaureate degree. OR
  • An earned graduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in coursework for that degree.

For admission to a Master of Arts in Teaching Program, the student must demonstrate mastery of general knowledge by one of the following:

  • Passing the General Knowledge Test, a portion of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (link to

  • OR

  • Effective for tests administered on or after July 1, 2015, achievement of passing scores, as identified in Rule 6A-4.0021(12), F.A.C., on test sections of the GRE revised General Test GRE Analytical Writing combined score of 4 out of 6 acceptable for GK Essay GRE Quantitative Reasoning scaled score of 147 acceptable for GK Mathematics GRE Verbal Reasoning scaled score of 151 acceptable for both GK English Language Skills and GK Reading

During the 2014 Legislative Session, the passage of House Bill 433 amended s. 1012.56, FS, to eliminate the obsolete option of achieving a passing score on the CLAST earned prior to July 1, 2002, to satisfy the general knowledge requirement.

International Students
All applicants whose native language is other than English or who have earned a degree from an institution outside the United States must meet the University requirements relative to international graduate admission, (e.g. TOEFL scores, etc.). In addition to these university requirements, applicants to the College of Education must provide the following:

  • An external, course by course evaluation of the foreign degree by an approved external agency, and based on official transcripts;
  • A social security number in degree programs requiring practica or internships;
  • Other information as required by the program of interest, (e.g. Graduate Record Exam scores, etc.).

Admissions Status: Apply


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 40 hours

Program Pre-requisites
Students without appropriate ESOL training and/or a measurement course must complete graduate course(s) to satisfy those two program prerequisites. Students admitted without a 30 hour mathematics background will have to take undergraduate course work to insure that their background reflects at least:

  • 6 hours of Calculus
  • 3 hours of linear algebra or abstract algebra
  • 3 hours of Number Theory or Discrete Mathematics
  • 3 hours of geometry
  • 3 hours of History of Mathematics
  • 3 hours of Probability or Statistics

Core Requirements
Required Courses12 hours

EDF 6432 Foundations of Measurement3
ESE 5344Classroom Management for a Diverse School and Society 3
ESE 5342 Teaching the Adolescent Learner3
TSL 5325 ESOL Strategies for Content for Content Area Teachers3

Current Trends in Teaching Concentration 3 hours
MAE 6136Current Trends Secondary Math Education3

Concentration15 minimum
Students may waive up to 6 hours of course credit based upon approval of their academic advisor and the department.

MAE 6643Communication Skills in Mathematics 3
MAE 6337 Topics in Teaching Algebra 3
MAE 6338 Topics in Teaching Geometry 3
MAE 6317 Topics in Teaching Probability and Statistics 3
MAE 6336 Topics in Teaching Calculus 3
MAE 6370 Mathematics for High School Teachers 3
MAE 6362 Senior High Mathematics Methods 3

Practicum, Internship, Field Work, etc.10 hours
MAE 6945 Practicum in Mathematics Education 3
MAE 6947 Internship in Secondary Education for Mathematics6
MAE 6899 Internship Seminar in Mathematics Education 1

All portions of the General Knowledge Test (GK) of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) must be passed prior to internship. Both the Mathematics 6 12 test and the Professional Education test of the FCTE must be passed prior to completion of internship

Comprehensive Examination:
Passing a comprehensive exam is required prior to graduation. Students should contact their academic advisor to make arrangements to take the comprehensive exam in last fall or spring semester It can only be taken while enrolled in at least 2 credits. Making these arrangements two semesters prior to graduation is advised.

College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


USF Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

EDF6432, ESE5344, ESE5342, TSL5325, MAE6643, MAE6337, MAE6338, MAE6317, MAE6336, MAE6370, MAE6362, MAE6945, MAE6947, MAE6899, EDF6765, EDF6883, EDF7586, EDF7682, EDF7934, MAE6136,